Apple TV 4th Generation
On September 9, 2015, Apple announced the Apple TV 4th Generation an Apple Special Event. The 4th generation model uses a new operating system, tvOS, with an app store, allowing downloads of third-party apps for video, audio, games, and other content.
Upon release, third-party apps were available from a limited range of providers, with new APIs providing opportunities for more apps. A requirement of new apps and games was that they must include interfacing with the new touchpad-enabled Siri remote, which was later relaxed for games. In March 2019 Apple rebranded the device like Apple TV HD.
The 4th generation includes a 64-bit Apple A8 processor and adds support for Dolby Digital Plus audio. While similar to the form factor of the 2nd and 3rd generation models, the 4th generation model is taller. In contrast to the old remote’s arrow button, the 4th generation Apple TV’s touch remote uses swipe-to-select features, Siri support, a built-in microphone, volume control over HDMI CEC and IR, and an accelerometer (IMU).
The 4th generation Apple TV started shipping in October 2015. Upon launch, there were several unexpected issues such as incompatibility with Apple’s own Remote app for iOS and watchOS. These issues were fixed by Apple on December 8, 2015, in tvOS 9.1. On September 13, 2016, Apple released tvOS 10, bringing an all-new remote app, single-sign-on, dark mode, HomeKit support, and other features.
Amazon initially declined to develop an Amazon Video application for Apple TV and announced in October 2015 it would stop selling Apple TVs, and removed 3rd generation SKUs. In late 2017 Amazon reversed their stance and released an Amazon Video app, and resumed sales of Apple TVs.
Apple TV teams up with some of the world’s largest TV networks and broadcasters to bring you the live content you care about most. Find sports from apps like ESPN and MLB. Late-breaking news from apps like Bloomberg and CNN. And your favorite shows on apps such as Hulu, YouTube TV, and Sling TV.
Subscribers to Charter Spectrum, AT&T TV, Optimum, and other pay-TV providers can also watch live channels and thousands of on‑demand programs with Apple TV 4K — making it truly the only box you need to connect to your TV.
- 1080p HD for high-quality video
- Dolby digital Plus 7.1 surround sound
- A8 chip
- Voice search by asking the Siri Remote
- View photos and videos from your iPhone and iPad on TV
- Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Amazon Prime video, ESPN, iTunes, and thousands more apps in the app store